How Much Do Saxophone Lessons Cost in Carolina, Puerto Rico?

The Complete Guide to Saxophone Lesson Pricing for Carolina

By Rose Park • 12/29/20 updated 1/18/23 •  3 min read

The Average Saxophone Lesson Cost in Carolina, Puerto Rico:

Saxophone lessons in Carolina, Puerto Rico typically cost between $55-$100 per hour,* but costs can vary widely depending on the teacher’s education and performing level, the location, lesson length and whether they are in-person or online.

The average price for a one-hour saxophone lesson  in Carolina is $70. Live online saxophone lessons using Zoom or Skype charge between $20-40 for a half hour lesson. Local private one-on-one saxophone lessons range from $35-50 for a half hour lesson, while in-person group lessons can cost $25 for a half hour lesson.

Saxophone teachers without a music degree will charge as little as $35 per hour, and professionally performing saxophone players with with numerous competition awards might charge as much as $350!

* All prices are converted to USD.
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What Determines Carolina Saxophone Lesson Costs in Carolina?

Saxophone Teacher Level

Do you want your potential instructor to have a music degree or not? Saxophone teachers without music degrees tend to charge between $55-$70 per hour but they don’t offer professional level instruction.

Instructors who have a music degree that isn’t saxophone related, such as ones with a Bachelor’s in trumpet or clarinet who have some saxophone skills, will often charge $50-$70 per hour in Carolina. They generally have a solid understanding of music, but they don’t have advanced saxophone performing abilities and deep understanding of the instrument itself, and are very limited in giving practical instruction. This increases the risk that they will teach beginners bad habits that will be harmful and ineffective over time.

Top saxophone instructors will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in saxophone. Lessons with those teachers range from $50-$90 on average, with teachers with a Master’s or Doctorate in saxophone typically charging $70-$100 per hour.

It might seem like these saxophone teachers are only for advanced students, but it is best for beginners to learn saxophone the correct way from the beginning, so it’s important to have a teacher who knows how to take you smoothly from a beginning to an advanced level without building any bad habits.

The sooner you have a professional saxophone instructor, the sooner you will make real progress that sets you up for future advancement.

Q. Should beginners start with professional saxophone teachers?

Of course! It’s best for beginners to play saxophone the correct way from the start. A professional saxophone teacher knows how to take a beginner smoothly from step one to an advanced level without building any bad habits. 

The sooner you have a professional instructor, the faster you will make real, solid progress that sets you up for future advancement with musicality and accurate saxophone technique.

In-person vs Online Lessons

Online saxophone lessons are generally the most affordable option since the lessons can be set up with a few digital equipments in the comfort of your home. There is an average increase of $10 for in-person lessons at a teacher’s studio, and small additional increase about $10 to have the instructor visit your home. 

In-person prices can vary widely though depending on the number of qualified saxophone teachers in your area. In order to find highly-qualified saxophone teachers at reasonable prices, live online lessons will be your best bet.

Pre-recorded vs Live Lessons

If you’re looking for the cheapest possible saxophone lessons, there is the option of pre-recorded lessons. These are typically video or app-based lessons that aim to teach you foundational skills for a monthly fee. 

Unfortunately, pre-recorded lessons cannot be compared to the quality of live one-on-one lessons where the teacher can customize the lesson material just for you, provide live feedback on your playing in real time, and help you become better at practicing and performing. Any saxophone student who is interested in becoming a concert saxophonist is better off looking for live 1-on-1 lessons, such as the $35 half hour lessons offered through Lesson With You.

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What Do You Learn in Saxophone Lessons?

1. Technique and Tone Production

Mastering fingerings and saxophone technique is essential. You’ll practice scales, arpeggios, and exercises to improve your finger dexterity and coordination.

Developing a proper embouchure (the way you shape your mouth and use your facial muscles) is crucial for producing a good tone. You’ll work on controlling your breath and tongue position to create a clear, resonant sound.

2. Reading Music and Repertoire

Your saxophone teacher will introduce you to a variety of musical styles and genres. You’ll learn to play pieces ranging from classical to jazz, pop, rock, and more.

3. Music Theory

You’ll learn scales and music theory, including key signatures, time signatures, and how to read sheet music. This foundational knowledge will help you understand and perform music accurately.

4. Performance Skills

Lessons will include guidance on performance techniques, such as stage presence, breathing techniques, and managing performance anxiety. Saxophone lessons, including at Lesson With You, include opportunities to perform in recitals in order to build performance skills.

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How to Find the Most Affordable Saxophone Lessons in Carolina, Puerto Rico

We surveyed over 100 saxophone teachers across our own site, Lesson With You, and two other major sites, and We specifically looked for teachers who have a degree in saxophone and teach lessons online.

Lesson With You has a set price of $65 per hour. Each saxophone teacher at Lesson With You has either a Master’s or Doctorate in saxophone, but the lessons are only $65 per hour, making the live online saxophone lessons an incredible value.

Thumbtack had the highest average price among qualified teachers in Carolina, at $85 per hour. Even finding a teacher who didn’t major in saxophone, such as one with a flute or clarinet degree, did not do much to lower the price. Sorting through the options, it quickly became apparent that many of the top teachers did not have formal education in music, and even those who had a music degree often did not have it for saxophone, despite charging high prices for music lessons.

Takelessons has a lower average price, at $68 per hour among the teachers we surveyed. But like Thumbtack, many of the saxophone teachers listed either did not have a music degree or did not major in piano. Takelessons and Thumbtack both have a very large number of teachers, so surely there are some good deals, but finding teachers who’s education and prices matched that of the teachers at Lesson With You is difficult and time consuming.

Looking for the Best Saxophone Lessons in Carolina?

Lesson With You offers 1-on-1 live online saxophone lessons with professional saxophone instructors who exclusively teach saxophone and have at least Bachelor’s degrees from the top music schools including the Eastman school of Music, Indiana University, Guildhall Music School and Manhattan School of Music.

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Rose Park is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where she studied Piano Performance and Arts Administration, receiving both Bachelor's and Master's degrees before co-founding Lesson With You. As a pianist, Rose was a prizewinner in many international piano competitions and performed at  various summer programs and festivals across the United States, Italy, and Japan.